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Krannie McKranface

Should I buy the '06 YZ450F?

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I've owned an '02 CRF450F (fun as hell, and wore out way to quickly for me), A XR650R (fun as hell over 50 mph, and heavy as heck), and more recently, the '05 CRF450X (top heavy, poor turning, but very reliable and estart).

I want to put a California plate on the "X" and make it street legal, and have been thinking about getting the '06 YZ450 for pure dirt.

My question is this: is it as great, and light feeling as the mags say?

Is the 5 speed usable for tight trails and some wide open (the CRFR had a very tall first gear).

What is the "fun" factor?

I will ride primaraly high CA desert, and very tight single track.

I don't want a WR, or another CR.

What do you think?

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I have the YZ450F and I am happy with it. I changed the chain and front tire but it is otherwise stock. It will do all the things you asked from the Honda. Today's bikes are all so good that I would make the price and dealer support sway me, nothing else.

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Do a search on this forum about the 06. You will find more than enough to sway you to blue!

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I've owned an '02 CRF450F (fun as hell, and wore out way to quickly for me), A XR650R (fun as hell over 50 mph, and heavy as heck), and more recently, the '05 CRF450X (top heavy, poor turning, but very reliable and estart).

I want to put a California plate on the "X" and make it street legal, and have been thinking about getting the '06 YZ450 for pure dirt.

My question is this: is it as great, and light feeling as the mags say?

Is the 5 speed usable for tight trails and some wide open (the CRFR had a very tall first gear).

What is the "fun" factor?

I will ride primaraly high CA desert, and very tight single track.

I don't want a WR, or another CR.

What do you think?

If you ever decided to race, and you were racing in my class, I would prefer you bought another brand. I like having an edge over the competition.

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